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In September 1935 the first of the Class A4 Pacifics emerged from the London North Eastern Railway’s Doncaster Locomotive Works and they quickly gained favour with both the travelling public and rail enthusiast alike.
However, just as they had replaced older designs on the East Coast Main Line, by the early 1960s diesel traction had displaced the A4s from their regular express passenger workings.
Fortunately, in 1962, a decision by the Scottish Region of British Railways to employ the A4s on the tightly-timed 3-hour expresses between Aberdeen, Perth and Glasgow gave many of the class a new lease of life.
One A4 enthusiast, Eddie Stanbridge, decided to make a film record of the A4s’ final years and over a three-year period travelled regularly to Scotland from his home in Norwich to film them.
Filmed almost entirely on 16mm colour film taken between 1962 and 1966, this programme shows A4s and other locomotive classes at work on the East Coast main line between Edinburgh and Aberdeen, together with workings between Glasgow, Perth, Forfar and Aberdeen.
Produced by – CineRail
Running time – 65 Minutes